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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Sep 13, 2016

Dingdong Dantes Denies 'Alyas Robin Hood' Is Based On 'Arrow', Thrilled To Do A Slambang Action Series On TV

DINGDONG DANTES’ new show, “Alyas Robin Hood”, brings back the action genre to GMA Telebabad starting September 19 replacing “Descendants of the Sun”. He was a well-intentioned priest in his last soap, “Pari Koy”, and now, he’s a well-meaning criminal lawyer, Pepe de Jesus, who aims to help poor clients but he himself becomes the victim of a frame up and gets imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit: killing his own father, played by Christopher de Leon.

While he’s in prison, a terrible accident happens during a jailbreak and everyone thinks he’s dead. But the truth is, he survives and gets trained to be a crimefighter called “Alyas Robin Hood”, whose deadly weapon against crime is a bow and arrow. He helps the poor and the oppressed and also searches for the real killer of his dad.

“Very challenging ang role ko dahil maraming angst that I have to resolve and I also do my own stunts in the show,” says Dingdong. “I trained hard to learn archery, para maging magaling ako sa pagpana. I’m so excited not only with my role kasi maga-action ako rito nang husto, but also with all my co-stars kasi puro magagaling ang mga kasama ko rito, including our director, Dominic Zapata. Nakaka-inspire!”

Wasn’t he affected when some quarters accused them of being an imitation of the Hollywood TV series, “Arrow”? “No, I was not affected at all kasi I believe in the creative team I’ve been working with for my 18 years with GMA-7. We know naman we cannot please everyone. Yung character ni Robin Hood is a universal legend, pero ang show namin, very Filipino ang takbo ng story and also centers about the love for family.”

Aside from Christopher de Leon as his dad, playing his mom is Jaclyn Jose, who always believes in his innocence. Megan Young plays Sarri, a doctor who falls in love with him before he’s jailed, and Andrea Torres is Venus, who helps in his quest for truth and justice after he regains his freedom. Supporting them are Sid Lucero as Dean, a corrupt politician who’s the real killer of Christopher; Cherie Gil as Maggie Balbuena, a powerful PR practitioner who’s the scheming mother of Sid; Gary Estrada as Caloy, Dingdong’s older brother; Paolo Contis as Daniel, Megan’s older brother who’s an honest cop and acts like Gen. Bato; Dennis Padilla as a casino magnate who’s in cahoots with Cherie; John Feir as a businessman who will help Dingdong; Tanya Gomez as the corrupt barangay captain who helps frame up Dingdong; Gio Alvarez as Dingdong’s best friend who invents his weapons; Lindsay de Vera as Dingdong’s niece; Dave Bornea as Sid’s younger brother; Rey PJ Abellana as the dad of Andrea and Ces Quesada as their city’s corrupt vice mayor.

How is it working with new leading ladies? “I’ve worked with Megan as co-host in ‘Starstruck’ and with Andrea in ‘My Beloved’ and ‘Pari Koy’, pero hindi kami magkapareha. They play very different characters and I can say they’re both very charming and competent, also dedicated to their craft. Maganda ang teamwork namin dito.”

Aside from having a new TV show, Dong is also shooting a new movie, “The Unmarried Wife”, with Angelica Panganiban for Star Cinema, directed by Maryo de los Reyes. For the latest updates of “Alyas Robin Hood”, check the official website of GMA Network www.gmanetwork.com and official FB page of GMA Networkwww.facebook.com/GMANetwork.